What is the safest city in Vietnam
Pearl of Indochina
The metropolises of Saigon and Hanoi, characterized by rapid change, open up worlds between yesterday, today and tomorrow. The scenery is characterized by rattling two-wheelers, children walking water buffalos and business people eating, drinking and smoking on tiny plastic stools on the side of the road. With its 54 ethnic groups living together in complete harmony, Vietnam also has a particularly multifaceted heritage of cultural and religious peculiarities. This includes, among other things, an unprecedented open-mindedness that will leave even savvy Indochina connoisseurs speechless. In short, in Vietnam you can expect an enchanting country or people who live in their very own way contentedly in the here and now without treading on the spot. Those interested in culture, nature lovers, active vacationers, those looking for relaxation - everyone will be equally enthusiastic about Vietnam!
Vietnam is geographically in Southeast Asia, on the coast of the East Asian Sea. In terms of area and population, it is similar in size to Germany with a coastline of more than 3000 km and thousands of islands. It borders Laos and Cambodia to the west and the People's Republic of China to the north. The west and north of the country is characterized by a dreamlike mountain landscape, traversed by the Red River in the north, on whose delta the capital Hanoi lies. The center of the country is a narrow strip of land bounded by the East Asian Sea to the east and the Truong Son mountain range to the west. In the south of Vietnam, the fertile Mekong Delta dominates the landscape. Vietnam currently has 86 million inhabitants with a total area of around 330,000 square kilometers and is one of the safest travel destinations in Asia.
Climate / travel time
Vietnam is under the influence of different climatic zones. While it is subtropical to tropical hot in the north, only tropical temperatures and climatic conditions prevail in the south. The humidity is very high, the temperatures fluctuate from 21 to 36 ° C. The best time to travel are the months from mid-October to April inclusive, during which temperatures around 30 ° C are the rule (this also applies to a limited extent to the north of the country).
Central European Time (CET) + 6 in winter and + 5 in summer.
The flight time from Germany to Vietnam is around 11 hours. The major international airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are served by numerous airlines. Vietnam Airlines offers direct flights from Frankfurt to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
For travelers from the EU, a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and a visa (approx. 48 euros) are required to enter Vietnam.
The national currency in Vietnam is the dong (1 euro = 27,905 VND, as of 6/2013). It may neither be imported nor exported. US $ and Euro are accepted as means of payment, but the local currency is more recommended. There are ATMs in the larger cities and major credit cards can be used to pay in hotels.
The country's official language and script is Vietnamese, a language difficult to learn for Europeans. Foreign language skills are partially available in Vietnam, mainly English, German and, in the case of older Vietnamese, also French. In an emergency, write down what you want.
The country code for Vietnam is +84. Mobile telephony is possible with German mobile phones at 3G level, but it is better to buy a local SIM card (very inexpensive) or VoIP telephony (wifi is standard practically everywhere).
No special vaccinations are required in Vietnam. However, appropriate preventive measures are advisable, especially hepatitis A and B, rabies and malaria. An effective mosquito repellent is an absolute must in any case.
With the exception of Hanoi and Vietnam, medical care is inadequate and does not meet Western standards. In an emergency, contact your hotel and take out a foreign KV.
What else should you watch out for?
- The import and export of drugs is prohibited and punishable by imprisonment
- Tips are not expected in Indochina, but are highly appreciated
- The roads in Vietnam are very bad. When planning a route, keep in mind that even short distances by car can take a long time
- Friendliness, respect and restraint are paramount. Anyone who mobs, screams or is violent will lose face
- You shouldn't show bare skin, especially at religious sites
- Never give money to begging children!
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